What our forefathers did to prevent diseases without taking drugs? Yes there are several ways whereby one can prevent disease from hitting him or her hard.
Hope you have heard the popular saying that “Prevention is better than cure.”
If you’re still cynical or doubt the fact that one can prevent disease then asked yourself this very question; how come our ancestor dare to live longer than our present age without actually relying on orthodox drugs?
Well the answer is not far-fetched. They practiced what is called “a stitch in time saves nine.” They prevent diseases from coming by making suitable adjustment to their lifestyles.
Ranging from the food they eat, the herbs they drink, walking to the farm or market to expression of love to their brothers and sisters. For them, it was part of their daily routine.
However, can this current age adjust their lifestyle in order to prevent diseases from hitting them hard like our then Papas and Mamas?
Yes it’s possible, although not actually like our forefathers, as a whole lot of things have changed overtime.
However, let’s consider some of the important things we should put in practice in order to help prevent against various diseases.
- Taking Of Hot Bath: Although our ancestors may not actually go to kindergarten but they know the importance of taking hot bath after working in the farm or back from long distance market.
It has been scientifically proven that taking hot bath lowers blood sugar, fall asleep faster, lowers blood pressure, relieves muscle tension, have cleaner & healthier skin, moisturizes our skin, improves blood circulation, and help relieve cold/flu symptoms.
Hence, they key in for it by taking hot bath in order to stay strong.
- Eating Healthy Foods: There is a saying that “The food you eat will either make or mar you.”
Actually, the importance of eating healthy foods is numerous and our forefathers don’t play with it in any way.
They heavily relied on fruits, vegetables and other important leaves in order to wade off diseases.
It’s important to know that a healthy diet can protect the human body against certain types of diseases, in particular non-communicable diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, some types of cancer and skeletal conditions.
Healthy foods or diets can also contribute to an adequate body weight as well.
- Physical Exercise: Just last week, I was on Taxi coming home from Owerri Imo State and a young man along the road stopped the Taxi and said to the driver “along.” The driver stopped and picked him but the driver didn’t reach the next electric pole, the young man then said “driver here, stop me here.”
Although good for him but it doesn’t encourage an active lifestyle.
Our elders then usually engage themselves in physical exercise either by trekking or walking to the nearby market to trade. They see it as a way of life and it pays positively to their lives.
I know the society has now changed due to advancement in technology, but a walk to that neighbour, friend to the market or a weekend physical exercise, has some positive impact to your body.
- Avoid Stress: “Problem no go finish.” Please try as much as you can to manage stress despite the situation you may face in life.
Our forefathers have various means of reducing daily stress. They build what is called “Ibari” (small hunt) for themselves in order to relax when the heat or life situation is getting harder. There, they share and discuss with their friends and seek for any available solutions/help.
- Sleep Properly: In reality, they don’t joke with their sleep. If you doubt it, go and ask any elderly man or woman around you. They make it a priority to relax and sleep in order to regain their lost strength or energy.
A lack of sleep at night can make you cranky the next day. And over time, skimping on sleep can mess up more than just your morning mood. Studies show getting quality sleep on a regular basis can help improve all sorts of issues, from your blood sugar to your workouts.
However, if our “hustling society” today can be able to adopt these important lifestyles like our forefathers, then we can live a healthy and fulfilling life despite the current challenges before us.
What our forefathers did to prevent diseases without taking drugs? Share with friends……
Courtesy to my father: Oduigwe, Cornelius Chukwukere